Building Green

Building Green

Building “green” is certainly in vogue. Many businesses want to attract the consumer to their product by advertising their new “green” products and procedures. And we applaud their efforts. Because, here at The Porch Company, we are not going green; we’ve always been green.

Think about it, who are The Porch Company clients? If you want a porch, you must want to be outside enjoying the many wonders of our incredible earth. Certainly that kind of person values environmentally sound building techniques & products. Look through the photographs of our porches. Do you notice that most have beautiful landscapes and scenic views? A beautiful earth goes hand in hand with our product

How are we doing business in a “green” manner? Continue to Learn More

Design for Durability
We are constantly reviewing our techniques to insure we have the best, low maintenance, long lasting product. We slope our porch floors to provide drainage to avoid rot. We encourage roof overhangs to keep weather off the porch. We design and re-design our construction techniques to make sure we have long lasting connection using the least amount of materials necessary. We are here for the long haul and so are our porches.

Low Energy Consumption
Well, how about almost NO energy consumption? No man made air-conditioning needed. We do provide lights on the porch. But we even install dimmer switches so you can use just the amount you need.

Optimize material use
Since we work on fixed bids, it is in our best interest to use our material well. Our waste represents lost profits. So sure! We do our best to minimize wasted materials.

Avoid potential health hazards
Most of our porches have no particle board or plywood at all. We are typically using solid wood products or recyclable synthetics. We rarely ever have a need for any kind of toxic product. And we certainly don’t have a problem with contaminated interior spaces due to such things as radon gas. We build porches with walls that breathe!

Minimize Impact
We rarely have the need of heavy equipment on our job sites. We hand dig our footers and mix our own concrete on site. Give the grass a couple of months to grow after we are gone, and you will never know we’ve been there – except for leaving behind a beautiful, functional porch!

Choose building materials with low embodied energy
Perhaps 80% of our material is wood. Raw, non-processed wood that uses very little “manufacturing” energy.

But perhaps the best green practice of all is to build a product that encourages others to care for this wonderful gift – the natural world. A porch certainly does that. We love what we do and we hope you will join us in enjoying a simpler way of life.

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